A year ago while writing 2015’s Life Lessons (never posted), a string of inconceivable events occurred, my world tipped on its axis, and life hasn’t been the same. Some of those events are covered in previous posts but I decided I needed to articulate,at least for myself, what 2016 taught me. Lesson One: As you grow […]
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Imagine. You’ve spent decades raising four children. They have all grown and flown the nest. You and your spouse are eagerly facing the years you’ve planned for, dreamed and talked about – years void of responsibilities minor children require, years for travel, exploring new hobbies and interests. As part of the “rest of your life plan” […]
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Among the lip-smacking tastes of sweet potato pie, green beans, and turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving, there is a faint hint of bittersweet for me and my extended family. It has been a challenging year for us all, one of great pain, sadness and exhaustion from multiple directions and different fronts. Together we will gather to collectively praise and […]
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Many of you have asked for an update following the loss of our home to fire earlier this year. What Can I Do?  Thank you for your continued prayers. Moving through Labor Day weekend, I felt a profound sense of transition. I deemed it a ready departure from the previous eight months of loss and recovery to […]
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Having recently launched a new decade, I decided to punch a hole on my bucket list and take a TWO week vacation. Not since I was a child have I taken more than a week, including my wedding and honeymoon. Back in the day, my family enjoyed TWO weeks at (then undiscovered) Hilton Head Island […]
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Hold On to What is Good
  My previous posts, What Can I Do? and CINDER ella concerned the house fire Ted and I faced in February. This horrific experience continues to be a blessing and growth opportunity I feel compelled to share.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV).  Some days are easier […]
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CINDER ella
Iris, our 3-year old granddaughter, visited last month, her second trip since our house fire in February. Six days after the fire, Iris saw the house’s remains as depicted in my previous post What Can I Do? When Iris visited two months later she kept asking Bops and me to go see the castle. The castle? What was she talking […]
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What Are You Doing Wrong?
A great book came out several years ago, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (Marshall Goldsmith). Goldsmith served as a board member of the Peter Drucker Foundation – yes, THAT Peter Drucker. This book is based upon what Goldsmith considers Drucker’s most important lesson:  “We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to […]
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